Unfortunately, I know precious liittle about my ancestor John Drain. He was born in Co. Antrim according to his death notice in a small, local Irish newspaper in Chicago. Death and Marriage certificates tell me he was born about 1865/6, arrived in Chicago about 1888, married in 1890 and died in 1894 at the age of 28. He worked for his wfie's uncle as a blacksmith and horseshoer. There was an "Eliza" Drain as a witness to his wedding and as a sponsor of his oldest son at his baptism.
There is a ship manifest that lists a John Drain leaving Larne about 1888, but the age is off by a few years.
Nothing I've seen, however, ties him to a specific town or to any parents or siblings.
There are some other Drains in Chicago about the same time he was there, who could very possibly be related: Charles, Patrick, Joseph, and Daniel.
The reason I'm thinking John's father might be a Henry is that John's oldest son was named Henry. Still perhaps following tradition, the second som Martin was named after his maternal grandfather.
Finally, there is a strong (but unconfirmed) notion in my family that the our name used to be "O'Drain". I've seen John's last name only written as Drain (and, occassionally, Draine). It was his son Henry who morphed the name into its current spelling.
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